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Yoga is one of the six ancient philosophical systems of India. It is for both body and mind. It was formulated by ancient yogis, who developed it as a way to use all their inner human resources to live in harmony with themselves and their environment and ultimately attain spiritual liberation, Kaivalya.

Today, the methods of yoga practice and teaching developed by Yogacharya B K S Iyengar are the most widely used in the world. His thorough study, understanding and mastery of yoga are unrivalled in modern times.

Having taught in all five continents, he won worldwide respect and recognition for his achievements and made yoga accessible and relevant to people everywhere, no matter what their physical or mental ability. He was recognised by "Time" magazine as one of the world's most influential people of the twentieth century.

His family continue to teach at his Institute in Pune, India and teachers who follow his method in over 40 countries.

Students at the Edinburgh Centre will learn through a carefully graded and systematic programme of asana (posture) from basics for beginners, through to an advanced level. Pranayama (breath control) is gradually introduced once students have a firm foundation of yoga practice.

Yoga practice both relaxes and energizes the body and mind and brings vitality, flexibility, strength, concentration, self-confidence and mental calm. Iyengar yoga is suitable for all ages and types of people and all levels of fitness.

Practising Iyengar yoga helps you overcome and prevent many stresses, strains, aches and pains. It promotes a firm foundation for health and well-being.

Books and equipment

If you are interested in buying Iyengar yoga books or equipment, Iyengar Yoga (UK) (IY(UK)) have partnered with Yogamatters for yoga mechandise.

You can find out more about Yogamatters on the IY(UK) website here.

or go directly to the Yogamatters website here

These are some of the books we recommend for Iyengar yoga students.

By Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Concise Light on Yoga
  • Light on Yoga 
  • Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Light on Pranayama
  • The Tree of Yoga
  • Yoga:  The Path to Holistic Health
  • Light on Life
By Geeta Iyengar
  • Yoga: A Gem for Women
  • Yoga in Action: Preliminary Course 
By Silva, Shyam and Mira Mehta
  • Yoga: The Iyengar Way
  • Health Through Yoga
By Swati and Rajiv Chanchani
  • Yoga for Children:  A Complete Illustrated Guide to Yoga


Teachers trained at the Centre conduct classes around Edinburgh and in south-east Scotland in schools, leisure centres, gyms, halls and many other venues.

Iyengar Yoga in the East of Scotland and UK

Iyengar Yoga flourishes in the UK and Iyengar Yoga (UK) is one of the largest Iyengar Associations in the world. It is organised and managed by teachers and students from around the country.

You can become a member with Iyengar Yoga (UK) either as an Individual or through a Member Group.

Your local Member Group is East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga (ESIY).

Your local Member Group is East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga (ESIY).

Find out about East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga Here

The benefits of membership are the same for both, but by joining through the ESIY you will also be updated with local news and events.

Discover more about joining East of Scotland Iyengar Yoga here

Discover more about joining Iyengar Yoga (UK) here


The Iyengar method of yoga teaching is supported through 1800 Institutes worldwide. It is taught in 40 countries.

The heart of Iyengar Yoga is the Ramani Memorial Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India, where BKS Iyengar taught until his death in 2014 and his family continues to teach.

You will also find out more about BKS Iyengar, his family and Iyengar Yoga worldwide here.